Make Kingsmead Av safer. Reinstate funding for traffic calming & consult on School Streets

Make Kingsmead Av safer. Reinstate funding for traffic calming & consult on School Streets

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Jenny ONeill started this petition to Sutton Council

Please sign this petition to help make Kingsmead Avenue, Worcester Park, KT4 safer by:

  • Re-instating the funding for traffic calming measures on Kingsmead Avenue that Sutton Council previously consulted on and committed to.
  • Putting the proposed School Street scheme for Kingsmead Avenue on hold until the council undertake an inclusive and meaningful consultation with residents about the range of action possible and importantly provide robust data as a benchmark to measure the relative success or not of any scheme implemented.
  • Requesting that Sutton council addresses the traffic issues on Kingsmead Avenue holistically rather than addressing each problem piece-meal.

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Residents of Kingsmead Avenue, KT4 have been blighted by two traffic issues on the road:

  1. Speeding, which has resulted in numerous crashes, particularly at the Kingsmead Avenue/Dalmeny Road junction.
  2. School Traffic.  Congestion and associated issues caused by the volume of traffic during school times.

Speeding
Traffic calming, including a 20mph zone along with a raised table, at the afore mentioned junction was committed to by Sutton council and a consultation process with residents undertaken. As the site of multiple crashes over recent years, this junction is dangerous.  It is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed. Earlier this year when chasing an update on the scheme, residents were informed that the scheme was on hold due to the provision of the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and other COVID related schemes being implemented across the borough.

School Traffic
Sutton council has proposed that a section of Kingsmead Avenue is closed as a School Street meaning the road, from Balmoral Road to Dalmeny Road, will be closed to traffic on every school day Monday to Friday from approximately 8.30 to 9.45am and 2.30 to 3.45pm.  The road closure will be managed via moveable barriers and staffed by volunteers.  This was due to be implemented on 21st September, but is currently on hold as we understand it due to lack of volunteers.  We are awaiting news regarding a new date.

The introduction of the School Street scheme would result in restrictions for residents during the closed times (a total of 2 1/2 hours a day) including:

  • Residents are asked to avoid visitors and deliveries
  • Nurse/carers are asked to park on nearby roads and walk in
  • Parents/carers are asked to park outside the restricted area and walk in

No visitor permits are currently planned

The ‘School Street’ is a 6 months trial. The council have advised that this is an emergency measure under Covid so they are not obliged to consult prior to implementation.  Residents have not received official communication from the council with the majority being made aware via a street WhatsApp group or local social media.  The council's consultation survey includes a list of 'what's working'  but not 'what isn't working' raising the credibility of the methodology used.

Residents agree that the longstanding issues caused by school traffic on Kingsmead Avenue need addressing.  However, many residents have concerns about the proposed School Streets scheme or are not supportive of the scheme and would like alternatives to be considered and discussed.

  • Residents want to be consulted prior to implementation of a School Street scheme or alternative solution – input from local people who know the road and the associated issues.
  • Residents want the issues of Kingsmead Avenue to be addressed holistically rather than addressing each problem on a rolling piece-meal basis.
  • Residents furthermore want to see robust data, prior to the implementation of a School Streets scheme or an alternative solution, to use as a benchmark to measure the relative success of not of the scheme – for example accurate traffic measurement in the proposed closed section and surrounding areas and pollution levels both before and after.
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